Celebrating 30 Years of Collaboration, Research and Commitment to Change the Face of Multiple Sclerosis

Collaboration. Teamwork. Focus. Dedication. Commitment. Influence. Accomplishments. Advocacy. Compassion. Leadership. Research. Professional Outreach. Education. Role Model. Purpose. Understanding.

I take great pride in my association with The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) which will be celebrating 30 years of serving the multiple sclerosis community. Through its support for clinical care, research, education, new and ongoing projects, advocacy, influence on healthcare policy, disseminating information to the community and building external relationships with like-minded sponsors, partners and professional organizations, the world of MS is changing for the better.

While searching for one word to describe the efforts of CMSC I failed miserably. Instead I found the words you see above. Together they describe the mission of this extraordinary organization whose members work tirelessly to make our lives better.

On June 1st – 4th the Consortium will be holding their annual meeting at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. There is so much to celebrate with all of the advances that have taken place in clinical care and research over the past 30 years. To celebrate these in conjunction with CMSC’s anniversary will be glorious. But I’m also anxious to hear the various lectures being presented by top medical professionals and researchers about what’s transpired since the last time we met in 2015.

“The Annual Meeting of the CMSC is the largest North American meeting on MS, typically hosting over 2000 delegates. Our educational content is uniquely designed to provide clinicians and researchers with the latest information on the science and the art of MS care. The meeting provides over 130 educational hours to meet the needs of our multidisciplinary audience. This year’s agenda includes sessions focusing on the role of relapses in overall MS care, the concept of NEDA, MRI guidelines in MS, and best practices in comprehensive care. As always, the meeting will feature specialized tracks on current topics and trends in MS rehabilitation and a course on the fundamentals of MS Care. Continuing education credits can be earned by Physicians, Pharmacists, Psychologists, Nursing Professionals, Social Workers and Occupational Therapists. Physical Therapy credits are pending.” ~June Halper, CEO, Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers

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Here is a small sampling of speakers who will be presenting various topics at the upcoming CMSC conference:

Do Relapses Matter? – Dr. Fred D. Lublin, Director of The Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He is an internationally renowned authority on the scientific and clinical aspects of MS and one of the foremost authorities regarding experimental treatment.

Meet the Professor: Towards Personalized Medicine in Multiple Sclerosis – Dr. Suhayl Dhib-Jalbut, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Biomarkers and Genetic Variations Related to Glutamate Concentration in the Brain – Dr. Daniel Pelletier, Vice Chairman of Research, Department of Neurology, Professor of Neurology, Keck School of Medicine of USC. His clinical practice is focused on individualized medicine using a multi-disciplinary team approach. (NOTE: The Free Dictionary defines glutamate as “A salt or ester of glutamic acid, especially one that functions as a neurotransmitter that excites cells of the central nervous system.”)

Milestones in MS – Mostly Missed When They Happened – Dr. Jerry S. Wolinsky holds the Bartels Family and Opal C. Rankin Professorships of Neurology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston where he serves as director of the Multiple Sclerosis Research Group and the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Analysis Center.

No Evidence in Disease Activity (NEDA) and Brain Health in MS – Gavin Giovannoni, MBBCH, PhD, Chair. Giovannoni was appointed to the Chair of Neurology, Blizard Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry in November 2006. In 2008 he took over as the Neuroscience and Trauma Centre Lead in the Blizard Institute.

Multiple Sclerosis: Can the Damage Be Undone? – Dr. Jack Antel, Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Montreal Neurological Institute.

Yoga Moves MS: Awakening, Inspiring, and Empowering Lives – Megan Weigel, DNP ARNP-c, MSCN and Mindy Eisenberg, MHSA. Megan is an advanced registered nurse practitioner at Baptist Neurology in Jacksonville Beach, FL. Mindy has been a yoga instructor and therapist since 2004. Founder and Director of the growing Yoga Moves MS program in southeastern Michigan, she provides small group adaptive yoga therapy classes for over 70 students per week with MS.

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